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‘Clock is ticking’ for Gaza; pledges for aid, reconstruction must be honoured – Ban

21 October 2014 – On the heels of last week’s visit to Gaza, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council today that promises made at a recent donor conference on rebuilding the war-ravaged enclave must “quickly materialize” into concrete assistance on the ground, especially as winter approaches.


Syria: UN convoy crosses lines to reach children fleeing besieged Kobane

21 October 2014 – Trucks carrying lifesaving supplies for Syrian children have managed to cross over the battle line in Aleppo for the first time in months, a spokesperson for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today in what was described as a “small but significant breakthrough” in the UN agency’s efforts to help children displaced by the fighting in Kobane.


UN humanitarian chief urges ongoing assistance, political solution for war-torn Syria

20 October 2014 – Spotlighting the plight of Syrian refugees in Turkey, as well as the Turkish Government’s efforts to meet the needs of an influx of an estimated 1.6 million people, United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos today urged the world to “remember the suffering of the Syrian people” and the urgent need for a political end to the three year conflict.


UN urges winterization assistance for displaced Iraqis before cold weather sets in

20 October 2014 – With Iraq soon expecting heavy winter rains and sub-zero temperatures, efforts to provide hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons in the Middle Eastern country with the necessary protections are already being implemented, an official with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has declared, adding that while much is being done, a more comprehensive approach would be required.


More asylum-seekers died trying to reach Yemen in 2014, than 3 past years combined – UN

17 October 2014 – More migrants and asylum-seekers are dying in attempts to get to Yemen, mainly from the Horn of Africa, this year than in the last three years combined, the UN refugee agency reported today.


On regional tour, UN envoy for Syria calls for political stability in Lebanon

16 October 2014 – Lebanon’s political environment should stabilize to face the threat from the terror group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and ahead of what will be a “very crucial period” in the political process in Syria, a senior United Nations official today said during a visit to the region.


Funding gap looms amid efforts to tackle ‘twin plagues’ Ebola, ISIL, warns UN rights chief

16 October 2014 – Combating the “twin plagues” of Ebola and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), while addressing the largest number of forcibly displaced people since World War II amid budget cuts is like “being asked to use a boat and bucket to cope with a flood”, the United Nations’ new human rights chief told journalists in Geneva today.


UNESCO chief appeals to parties in Libya to stop destruction of cultural heritage

15 October 2014 – The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today called on all parties in Libya to safeguard the country’s cultural and religious heritage amid a recent intensification of violence there.


ISIL advance on Iraqi town unleashes new flood of displacement, warns UN agency

14 October 2014 – A new offensive launched by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) against the Iraqi city of Hit has triggered yet another wave of internal displacement in the war torn country, the UN refugee agency announced today, warning that those displaced were facing increased hardships amid advancing cold weather and overcrowded refugee camps.


UN chief set for Gaza visit to help jump-start massive reconstruction effort

12 October 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that he will travel to Gaza on Tuesday to visit several sites destroyed during last summer's conflict, spotlighting the need to help the enclave “look ahead and build a better future” and advance reconstruction efforts.